Posts Tagged ‘Marshall Chess’

Celebrating Chess Records

May 27, 2008

Let’s not mince words here: Chess Records, the Chicago label which gave the world the electric blues, thence rock ‘n’ roll, ranks among the most important creative enterprises.  Ever.


In the postwar years, Chess’s roster of artists made up the blues premier league – Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson were merely the tip of the iceberg.  Then Chess recorded Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley.


Without Chess, no rock ‘n’ roll.  No Elvis.  No Dylan.  No Stones.


Marshall, scion of the Chess dynasty, has been in London to promote Chess Moves, a hip-hop remix album of the label’s legendary recording artists, out next Monday.


The one-hour interview he did for Jools Holland on BBC Radio 2 was a wonderful Chess primer.  You can hear it for the next week here:



And the Marshall Chess interview in today’s Independent newspaper is a valued complement:




Gerry Smith


FREE! Music for grown-ups on air in the next seven days

May 21, 2008

Over the next seven days, I hope to catch/record these tempting TV/radio broadcasts:


Wed 21 May 2008

2130 6 Music Plays It Again – Paul Weller (1/2) – BBC 6 Music


Thurs 22 May

2130 6 Music Plays It Again – Paul Weller (2/2) – BBC 6 Music

2300 Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan (Series 1 – Flowers) – BBC Radio 2


Fri 23 May

2100 Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan (Series 2 – Smoking) – BBC 6 Music

2230 McCoy Tyner, Jazz Library, BBC Radio 3


Mon 26 May

2045 Delius, Composer Of The Week – BBC Radio 3

(1/5, continues Tues-Fri)

2230 Jools Holland, interviews Marshall Chess – BBC Radio 2  


Tues 27 May

2230 David Bowie, Icons Revisited – BBC Radio 2  



Gerry Smith